A freelance writer for nearly two decades, Lucy Campbell has traveled extensively, covering stories of interest from around the world. Much of Lucy's focus is on consumer advocacy, and the legal topics that affect her readers' daily lives--everything from mislabeled food to auto recalls to harmful drugs and defective products. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys painting and a good cup of coffee.
Los Angeles, CA: Almost a year ago Bill Paxton, the actor who starred in “Apollo 13” died suddenly following heart surgery. This week, his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the surgeon and the medical center where Paxton underwent surgery. The complaint asserts the surgeon was negligent as he misrepresented the risks of involved with the procedure.
Washington, DC: This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that defective Takata airbag recall has been expanded to include vehicles from 14 different automakers. According to ABCNews on Thursday night, the NHTSA posted documents to its website listing the latest affected vehicles. These include Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Mazda, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, McLaren and Volkswagen. Last week, Toyota, Ford and Honda released some of their affected models.
Washington, DC: A supreme court ruling in an ERISA lawsuit concerning the statute of limitations pertaining to plaintiffs claims, namely, Tibble, et al vs. Edison International, et al, has found the VP of human resources liable of a fiduciary breach.
Santa Clara, CA: In the latest talcum powder lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered to pay $417 million in damages to a woman who claimed she developed terminal ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products such as Johnson's Baby Powder.
Santa Clara, CA: Yet another Takata air bag recall is in the works. Announced this week, the recall involves 2.7 million air bag inflators made between 2005 and 2012 and installed in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles sold in the US. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) website, as of January 19, 2017, some 42,000,000 vehicles are affected by Takata airbag recalls.
Santa Clara, CA: Takata, the Japanese maker of defective airbags that have been recalled by the millions, has filed for bankruptcy. Defective Takata airbags have been linked to 11 deaths in the US.
Santa Clara, CA: About 5,000 Fosamax personal injury cases have been given renewed life this week, after the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturned an earlier dismissal of multidistrict litigation (MDL) which claims users of Merck's osteoporosis drug suffered femur fractures.
Washington, DC: Takata will pay $1 billion to the US government for concealing information regarding its defective airbags. Additionally, three Takata executive are facing criminal charges brought by federal prosecutors over the airbag scandal. The Takata airbag recalls are the largest automotive recalls in US history and are the cause of several deaths.
Santa Clara, CA: A $70 million award has been granted court approval for a woman in California who sued Johnson & Johnson (J&J) alleging J&J Talc Powder caused her cancer. The suit claimed “negligent conduct" in making and marketing its baby powder.
Santa Clara, CA: An Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) commuter train with more than 200 passengers aboard hit a downed tree Monday night and derailed. Nine people in the train crash were injured as the passenger car rolled into in the Alameda Creek along Niles Canyon Road, in Sunol, CA.
Boston, MA: According to a new study by researchers at MIT, Volkswagen's use of software, called VW defeat devices, to evade emissions standards in more than 482,000 diesel vehicles sold in the US, could contribute to 60 premature deaths across the country.
Granuflo and NaturaLyte lawsuits have been filed against Fresenius Medical Care North America, the manufacturer and distributor of dialysis products Granuflo and NaturaLyte, alleging that their actions (i.e., Alkali Dosing Errors) led to the wrongful deaths of dialysis patients. Both Fresenius and DaVita operate hundreds of dialysis centers across the US.